ABC television will air the episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" shot in Beaufort at 8 p.m. May 1, and festivities planned around the show will provide one more opportunity for the community to celebrate together.
The reality TV show, in which volunteers build a dream home for a needy family, wrapped up a week-long shoot in January after making over a Mossy Oaks-area home for a Marine family.
Before the "Extreme Makeover" shoot, the Dickinsons' house was plagued with problems. Chief among them was mold, which created respiratory problems for the children.
Marine Staff Sgt. Bill Dickinson, who was serving in Afghanistan during the shoot, tried to repair the house before he was deployed, but problems persisted. He watched via satellite as the new home was unveiled.
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Builders and volunteers demolished the home and built in its place a two-story, 4,000-square-foot plantation-style house with six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Work occurred day and night.
To celebrate the airing, H2 Builders, which led the local construction effort, will be the host of a public viewing party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, according to a news release.
The episode will be shown on the park's big screen, and the Dickinson family will attend, the release said.
Admission is free, but monetary and nonperishable-food donations will be accepted at the door for Praise Cares, a local charity feeding the hungry that the Dickinson family supports. Picnic food will be available for purchase from local vendors.